The final public release of Android Wear 2.0 has been delayed until 2017, but in the meantime, Google will be busy working on developer previews that will prepare users for what will be brought to the software. There are a few new features that are currently being tested in Android Wear 2.0 and we’ll tell you more about what was introduced in the fourth Developer Preview.
Users who have installed the third Android Wear Developer Preview had access to the Google Play Store, being able to download and install Android apps on their smartwatches.
Now, users can confirm purchases using a 4-digit Google Account PIN that was introduced in the fourth Developer Preview. And thanks to the “seamless authentication” built-in, it will be easy to log into standalone watch apps, as users will just tap a button that will open an authentication screen on the smartphone and details that will be entered there will be used on the watch.
Google has brought back the swipe-to-dismiss gesture, while the hardware button on the side that acted as a back button will now map to “power”. All Wear 1.0 apps will be compatible with Android Wear 2.0, and when installing apps with an embedded Wear experience on the phone, users will get a suggestion to install that to their watch.
If they refuse to do it, then they will be able to do it later, by manually installing the app on Android Wear from the new “Apps you’ve used” section that can be found in the Google Play Store. Android Wear Developer Preview 4 comes also with support for burn-in protection icons for complications, which in interact mode will be the outline of the “normal” icon.
Android Wear should expect a fifth Developer Preview in the future, and maybe a sixth preview too, which means that it will take more months for Google to finish the public version.